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Sergeant Major Hugh McBain

Every soldier in the army had a file that contained information such as where he had served, which parts of the army he had served with, and whether he had any family.

Sergeant-Major McBain service record – marriage (D/DLI 7/427/1) - Copyright © Durham County Record Office.
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This is the part of Sergeant-Major McBain's service record that tells us if was married.

If you can't read the original, try reading the transcript of marriage record (D/DLI/7/427/1).

Try to answer these questions:

  • What was his wife's name?
  • Where were they married?
  • When did they get married?

Sergeant-Major McBain service record – baptisms (D/DLI 7/427/1) - Copyright © Durham County Record Office.
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So, we know he was married, and some details about his wife.

But did he have any children?

Let's look at another part of his service record to find out. If you can't read the original, try reading the transcript of baptisms (D/DLI/7/427/1).

Try to answer these questions:

  • How many children are listed here?
  • What was the name of their first child?
  • When was he born?
  • How many of the children died?
  • What were their names?

Let's see if we can find out any more about the children who died.